February 28th, 2012

Did Cameron Look the Gift Horse in the Mouth?

The Standard is reporting the slightly bizarre news that the Met loaned Rebekah Brooks a police horse to be housed at her country pad in Chipping Norton. It was clearly a very stable relationship…

The loan took place in 2008 while Lord Blair was in charge. This is around the time Cameron was courting Brooks and their close friendship struck up. Given that they used to go riding together, you have to wonder whether Dave ever rode this dirty steed? The PM has been saddled with another night mare…


  1. 1
    Huh? says:

    It was a retired police horse, they would have saved money because Brooks would have paid for the horses care and upkeep.


  2. 2
    Steve Miliband says:

    Nag, nag, nag. It’s just like being at home


  3. 4
    MrAngry61 says:

    A friend said: “Rebekah acted as a foster carer for the horse. Anybody can agree to do this with the Met if they have the land and facilities to pay for its upkeep.”


    • 53
      A country retirement says:

      Quite. She saved the hoss from the knackers yard. The poor sod had spent all its working life being attacked snd shouted at by raving loon lefties,


  4. 5
    Dave Cameron says:

    Look how cuddly lovely & left wing I am.

    Even though those nasty English people pay for all of the NHS I have decided to turn the NHS into the IHS – the International Health Service.

    As of today every waif and stray with HIV or AIDS residing anywhere in the world can come to England for free treatement.

    There. Are we de-contaminated enough yet, or do I have to make more Mu_slims Lords & Baronesses?

    Toodle pip


    • 13
      Sophie says:

      Any chance you could get your head out of your arse and recognise that your weakness and appeasement of Argentina is bringing the liklihood of conflict closer?

      Our defence is not safe in Dave Camerons hands.

      Blue Labour out.


    • 22
      Nu Attack Dog says:

      This does seem a trifle insane.


    • 26
      Boyo says:

      If you retire to Australia they wont pay any updates to the OAP yet the world can now come to the UK for free AIDS treatment.


      • 70
        Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

        It’s even more fucking stupid than that. If you return to the UK for a few weeks holiday you get the updated rate for the time you’re in the country


        • 96
          expat du jour says:

          … which begs the question HTF do they know you are in the country (unless you tell them specifically of course)?

          I have lived overseas for years, but a few years back I had to return for a week or so to sort out a mess left in my flat by the tenant. Two days after my arrival I got the usual impertinent letter from the telly tax office demanding I pay up. My reply is not reprintable on a family blog.

          But the question remains, HTF did they know I was back (albeit sans tv) – or was it pure coincidence?


          • Far out, dude says:

            No coincidence man, they’re watching you. They’ve got flying monkeys and laser beams and secret testicles and everything, man.


          • Airey Belvoir says:

            Wear a tinfoil hat for God’s sake. Bacofoil,at least two thicknesses as the beams are getting stronger all the time.


    • 30
      MrAngry61 says:

      The Burmese used to dispense cyanide to AIDS carriers – a cost-effective procedure, as I understand…


    • 55
      George Osbourne says:

      We have vectored in an increase in Prescription charges for the English only to cover this.

      It is the right thing to do and will make the UK a centre of excellence in the treatment of foreign HIV /AIDS sufferers.

      Anyway, Nick wears the trousers on all major decisions involving foreignors and English taxpayers.


    • 85
      Anonymous says:

      I don’t live in the UK but I am still required to pay UK tax.

      I was told that if I am out of the country for over 2 years I will have to wait 6 months before I am entitled to any NHS care.

      How come all and sundry are entitled to get NHS care, but I have to wait 6 months for it? Particularly as I have paid full stamp for well over 30 years, and I’m still paying tax!


  5. 6
    The last Quango in Paris says:

    I can’t help but think the PM has been taken for a ride.


    • 14
      Rinka Scott says:

      The Prime Minister is a married man.

      He would not be seeking favours from a red headed woman .

      Do you know what happened to Mr Brookes’ computer?

      You remember it was the one which was found in the public dustbin when the police were visiting.


      • 72
        Michael Gove, David Laws, Gideon Osborne, Liam Fox, Nick Clegg, Uncle Tom Arse Bandit and all says:

        ‘married man’!? Ha ha ha ha ha!

        You English really are biblically spastic.


        • 83
          Maximus says:

          My extensive biblical knowledge (knowwotimean?) does not extend to comprehending biblical spasticity. Explain?


  6. 7
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    That horse shoukd have had a copper bottomed pension just like all the other fucking snouts in the trough.


  7. 8
    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Why would she want to borrow a police horse?

    I mean, a dog, a car, etc.etc. might be useful. But what use is a police horse, unless you need it to charge at groups of hippies/students?


    • 16
      Anonymous says:

      Maybe she couldn’t afford to buy one herself, although she is married to a bloke who trains horses, I believe.

      Much better to use somebody else’s – a bit like holidaying in a villa belonging to someone else in Tuscany.


  8. 9
    Lord Levenson says:

    Has anyone checked the stable door?


  9. 10
    BBC Waste says:

    If these allegations were true…

    Did any money change hands for the loan?
    If not, why was the Met “giving away” police property?
    If not, was anything given in return, or was anything expected later?
    Do the police “loan” any items to other members of the media or public?
    Was it ethical?


    • 104
      Betty Swollocks says:

      Who is responsible?
      Why are there not clear and accurate records?
      Was the ‘loan’ for mony or money’s worth?
      Was the horse simply assigned temporarily?
      Could it have been undercover at any point?
      Most importantly – in a world where journalists are being murdered to bring us reports about war and repression, who cares about a fucking horse?


  10. 11
    Huh? says:

    this is a clear example of DC big society, the burden shifted from the state to those that can pay.

    The horse was retired and therefore not on active duty, what would others do, have it put down?

    she paid for the care and stable fees , vet bills for the horse while under her care.


  11. 15
    genghiz the kahn says:



  12. 17
    Trigger says:

    A police horse is a valuable public asset.

    If it has been loaned out to a member of the community there should have been a record made of the transaction at the time to show that everything was above board.

    I make my request under the freedom of information act.


  13. 18
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Cameron meets Ed the talking horse.


  14. 20
    Displaced Brummie. says:

    And the point of this story is that Blair organised it, so Cameron must have known about it.



  15. 21
    as bad as the last lot says:

    Cameron is a horse’s arse


  16. 23
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    That red headed tart is fuckin loaded.

    If she wants a knackered old horse she can put her hand in her own fucking trousers and not mine.

    I don’ t take any of this crap about buying it a bag of oats and calling the bleedin vet out making it all right. She would have been doing this with her own horse for fucks sake. By borrowing my horse off Tony Blair without even fucking asking me she has got the bleedin nag for nothing.

    She cant pull the wool over my eyes.

    That Crusader Dick should be having a look at her bail conditions

    If Jonny Presscott thinks she is doing a good job he is dafter than he fuckin looks.


    • 91
      Old Dog No Tricks says:

      Usually one would pay to have ‘a horse on loan’ and cover all the expences with it !


      • 106
        Benefit scrounger says:

        So we’re renting out Police property now?

        Jolly good – how much for a tazer and some dum-dum bullets?


    • 98
      expat du jour says:

      Do you have the right ‘Blair’ ma cherie? I thought this story was about the ex-Met Pol Commissioner’s geegee.


      • 119
        Anon. says:

        Well, we know Ian Blair was not averse to wining and dining the Met for some good publicity so he must have obviously just told her to take anything she wanted.


  17. 29
    Tommy Palmerston says:

    Cameron should be shot.

    30 British citizens are stranded without electricity on a beleaguered cruise ship in a pirate filled Indian Ocean and Cameron is being photographed with a rocking horse.

    A nuclear sub should have been at the scene by now.


    • 36
      MrAngry61 says:

      Preferably a hunter/killer sub & not a boomer – can’t waste a Trident missile on one ship…


    • 46
      State Dependents r us says:

      A British tourist has run out of fuel in a dodgy part of Miami. Why isn’t the Government doing something about it?


      • 107
        Raghead says:

        please don’t suggest the Gov does something when the Brits run out fuel – they usually invade a raghead country and steal it when that happens.


    • 59
      POSH says:

      One of the few things that makes me hang my head in shame Tommy. The importance of the Brit anywhere in the world when a disaster of happening might occur.
      In this instance, no loss of life just an extended cruise in the sun with the marine company giving free booze and no doubt a large remuneration to make up for the passengers discomfort.


    • 118
      Fish says:

      Yeah. Right.

      Allegra. Hopelessly stranded and all at sea. And that’s only the new Labour’s Newsnight (and former Guardianista) political editor.


  18. 32
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    Thereby hangs a tail!


  19. 33
    tottenham chutzpah says:

    Will Witney be re-named Royal Witney Houston?


  20. 34
    Bent City Solicitors says:

    Glad to see Rebekah has Bell Pottinger acting for her

    Old weeds never die…

    They will clean up the internet and comments unfavourable to her


    • 41
      dobbin says:


      Do not want to spoil the thread with further coarse horsey jokes and quips and wished to raise the level of participation.


    • 49
      Phil from the Wrekenton Seven Stars says:

      And I have a bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale in my hand which I paid for.


  21. 35
    Bent City Solicitors says:

    The Met, News Corp and cammy all stink

    Corruption has taken over chaps



  22. 37
    Blo Jo (Head of Pop) says:

    Lord Levenson took hospitality off the Murdochs as well

    It all going to be swept under the carpet


  23. 39
    Jimmy says:

    Samantha’s really not looking well.


  24. 42
    Jack says:

    If Rebekag gets her horse from the Met

    Does Dave the Rave get his from the Household Cavalry ?

    Is that why there are so few hosses left at the Queen’s Birthday parade ?!


  25. 43
    The Chipping Norton Horse says:

    I think this is a copy of the Trojan horse cunning plan but instead of being full of Greeks it was full of Plod ready to attack the Murdoch Empire.


  26. 44
    David Cameron, PM says:

    Go right to the source and ask the horse.
    He’ll give you the answer that you’ll endorse.


  27. 45
    Caligula and his Hoss says:

    I can always provide this gang with a few horses


  28. 50
    Steve Miliband says:

    Perhaps Mr Brooks ran the horse in the 14.15 at Newmarket?


    • 108
      Anonymous says:

      Well not to my knowledge.

      If he did run a police horse in that race then i did not know anything about it.


  29. 51
    Loungelizard says:

    Sarah Brown’s been yapping on about riding a horse, is there something I’ve missed?


  30. 52
    Chipping Norton farmer says:

    This is what these young people from London get up to…


  31. 57
    Malcolm Tucker says:

    This news will give the lie to all the naysayers in the press !


  32. 58
    Not surprised says:

    FOI request to The Met…how many retired horses does the service currently have? How many other “members of the public” accepted responsibility for retired Police Horses in the last 10 years? How many horses are currently being “looked after” by either members of the public or those animal rescue centres that take retired horses.


    • 60
      George Osbourne says:

      You would be amazed at how much we spend every year looking after Irish travelling community horses.

      Really, you would.


    • 66
      Nigel Doughty's Ghost says:

      Why don’t we just grind them all down to corned beef and glue like the Argies do.


    • 122
      Anon. says:

      I hear Mark Lewis has already approached the horse with a view to representing it at the Leveson Enquiry. The Guardian has already secured an interview, natch.


  33. 62
    Col Nut says:

    It was only a bit of horseplay. Cameron probably woke up feeling a little hoarse afterwards.


  34. 65
    jockey Ed says:

    Horse? Horses?
    I can feel a little bandwagon coming on


  35. 69
    cynic2 says:

    Dear Commissioner

    Now that the principle has been established of placing retired public assets with people who will ‘look after them’ I should like to have the gift of one of your many Jaguars or Range Rovers. When these are retried from public service I am sure there is still some life left in them and I can promise to give them a good home where they will be cherished and looked after


  36. 75

    Hold on.

    That picture.

    I have been looking at it more closely.

    I took my glasses off and cleaned them.

    Looked again.

    That is not a real prime minister.


  37. 79
    Huh? says:

    So Brooks got a retired police horse and the Labour party got a donkey?


  38. 80
    A Clotheshorse says:

    David Cameron always seems to wear the same stuff. I think he’s a bit of a bore.


  39. 89
    TheRealJoePublic says:

    An ‘orse ??, looks more like a donkey to me(you know which one I mean).


  40. 93
    Catherine the Great says:

    Is it a stallion?


  41. 97
    Seenitallbefore says:

    Cameron & RB? Shades of Archer & Coghlan!


  42. 99
    Anonymous says:

    Where in Chipping Norton does she live?


  43. 102
    Rebecca Grant - Mitchell ( nee Steve McFadden) says:

    But the question is : Did I stable the horse in order to ” commune ” with it a la Catherine the Great ?? .

    Here’s a clue ; that Rasputin doesn’t even begin to compare ..


  44. 109
    Jane Birkin from Paris says:

    Why is the Prime Minister of my country standing in front of a cardboard cut out of a horse and trying to look normal?


  45. 110
    genghiz the kahn says:

    I wonder if the police would rent out a few retired Heckler and Koch or Glock guns?


  46. 111
    Desperate Dan says:

    I hope lots of police horses spend time in the country. Its too horrible to contemplate them spending their lives in city centre concrete stables.
    I presume this ludicrous attempt to implicate Dave in a non-scandal dreamt up by an idiot has something to do with Guido’s assistant’s assistant.


  47. 113
    Neigh, Lad says:

    Some po-faced idiot who didn’t get the joke

    “@ruaridhsvend @RebekahsHorse I work for Barcroft Media, you’re using our copyrighted image as your pic, pls take down or twitter admin will be contacted”

    Oh, and a boring contradiction. Loan horses aren’t supposed to be ridden (presumably a rideable horse is a benefit but an unrideable one is just a cost) but this horse was rideable whilst it was loaned to Rebekah Wade

    The Met’s policy says “The Mounted Branch is looking for suitable homes for retired horses, that is homes where the horse will not be ridden. Anyone in the southeast of England offering such a home will be considered first.”

    But the Met’s spokesman said “”It went off to a retirement paddock in Norfolk once it couldn’t be ridden any more.”


    • 115
      Desperate Dan says:

      Are you saying that all Met horses must spend their entire lives in city centre concrete stables? That any offer from a member of the public to let them gallop about in a field or eat fresh grass, at no cost to the taxpayer, must be turned down? What sort of a monster are you?


    • 124
      Anon. says:

      With or without a pension?


  48. 116
    Freedom2Choose says:

    It points to how close she was to the met.


  49. 121
    Col Nut says:

    Rebekah took the horse because she was advised a good hard ride first thing in the morning would do her good. Soon after plod took it back it died. Had it seen too much?


  50. 128
    Silly Season says:

    More incisive journalism from the telegraph:

    “Number 10 silent on whether David Cameron used Rebekah Brooks’ police horse”


  51. 131
    huwwuh says:

    The horse had not been retired it was working under cover. The information it had gleaned was so sensitive it had to go. A team from Mossad were seen in the area the day before the horse ”died of natural causes”.


  52. 132
    Anonymous says:

    Another hacking scandal…


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